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Aston Martin DB7 Vantage Zagato

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While coachbuilders such as Touring, Ghia, Bertone, Allemano and Pininfarina have all made Aston Martins, none has the resonance, or is as closely linked as Aston Martin as Zagato. Put the two together, and any aficionado knows you have something special-a machine that is sportier, more exclusive and faster than its production counterparts. Adding to the allure of the Aston Zagatos is each has been a landmark, one that happens only every 15 to 20 years.

According to Elio Zagato, Koelliker, a friend who was Aston's dealer in Milan, commissioned the DB4 Zagato. Thus began one of the most memorable chapters in Aston history. The DB4 Zagato appeared in 1960, its beautiful but aggressive aerodynamic body setting it apart from standard Astons, clearly showing its performance pretenses. The interior was comfortable yet stark, a reflection of the weight saving measures done throughout the car. This represents a new chapter in the long-standing relationship between the two firms inaugurated in the Sixties with the DB4 Zagato and subsequently consolidated with the Vantage and Volante Zagato.

Four months after the approval in Geneva, the car has been presented to a restricted number of potential customersin July 2002. After the Concours D'Elegance at Pebble Beach in August, the car is officialy presented to the market at the Paris Motorshow.The car will be produced in a limited series starting from the fist half of 2003.

The sleek and muscular DB7 Zagato is a return to the styling that made the DB4 Zagato a classic. From a grill that references the original, to the long hood, truncated tail, and curvaceous top crowned by the immortal Zagato 'double bubble' roof, the DB7Z can only be an Aston-Zagato. The interior will mimic the DB4Z in being comfortable yet Spartan, a reflection of the DB7Z's sporty nature and superior performance to the production DB7 Vantage. Strictly a two-seater, its V12's output will be superior to the production Vantage. It will have a shorter wheelbase and less weight, and the suspension will be more firm.

All the ingredients are in place for a new chapter in the glorious Aston-Zagato saga.

Specifications

Engine
Configuration 60º V12
Location Front, longitudinally mounted
Construction alloy block and head
Displacement 5.935 liter / 362.2 cu in
Bore / Stroke 89.0 mm (3.5 in) / 79.5 mm (3.1 in)
Compression 10.3:1
Valvetrain 4 valves / cylinder, DOHC
Fuel feed Fuel Injection
Aspiration Naturally Aspirated
Power 435 bhp / 325 KW @ 6000 rpm
Torque 556 Nm / 410 ft lbs @ 5000 rpm
BHP/Liter 73 bhp / liter
Drivetrain
Chassis unitary steel
Front suspension double wishbones, coil springs, mono-tube dampers, anti-roll bar
Rear suspension double wishbones with longitudinal control arms, coil springs, mono-tube dampers, anti-roll bar
Steering rack-and-pinion, power assisted
Brakes ventilated discs, all-round
Gearbox 6 speed Manual
Drive Rear wheel drive
Dimensions
Weight 1740 kilo / 3836 lbs
Length / Width / Height 4481 mm (176.4 in) / 1861 mm (73.3 in) / 1244 mm (49 in)
Wheelbase / Track (fr/r) 2531 mm (99.6 in) / 1536 mm (60.5 in) / 1540 mm (60.6 in)
Performance figures
Power to weight 0.25 bhp / kg

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